Two years of delay on Napier Street
Sharon Kemp
ROAD travel north of Bendigo will suffer disruptions for the next two years and travellers have been urged to take extra time as the city’s biggest ever road project got under way on Napier Street this week. Simultaneously, residents and businesses affected by the $30 million upgrade d..
21-Jul-2017
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Changes as staff move on
Sharon Kemp
THE exodus from the City of Greater Bendigo is almost over with executive manager Peter Davies to officiate at his last council meeting next month. The Bendigo Weekly reported in late May the council faced losing more than 180 years of collective municipal experience after a management level..
21-Jul-2017
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Cooking top of the fire risk list
Joel Peterson
COOKING is the leading cause of preventable house fires in Bendigo, according to CFA figures released this week. The CFA and MFB released a joint report into preventable fires across the state with the kitchen the number one hotspot for incidents. Statewide, 42 per cent of preventable fi..
21-Jul-2017
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New life for old hotel
Sharon Kemp
QUARRY Hill is set to get a new food and hospitality hub after a redevelopment proposal for the former Mount Edgecombe Hotel was approved by City of Greater Bendigo councillors this week. The refurbished hotel, which harks back to 1885, will be home to a food and drink premises including a r..
21-Jul-2017
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A look at power from waste
Sharon Kemp
CONTROVERSIAL waste-to-energy technology is slated to be investigated for the Loddon Mallee region this financial year but signs are the option to generate power from waste may still be a long time in the future. The 10-year waste management plan released by the state government contains ver..
21-Jul-2017
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Discover the Inside Story
Bendigo Weekly
NEXT month the Bendigo Blue Ribbon Branch will be hosting their annual Inside Story fundraising event. Two senior and highly regarded police officers will provide the inside story relating to high profile cases. Blue Ribbon branch president Sergeant Margaret Singe said this year’s ..
21-Jul-2017
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Clarification re Bendigo Health
Bendigo Weekly
A report in last week’s edition of the Bendigo Weekly included reference to the Bendigo Health annual report from 2011/12 which stated that the governance and remuneration committee (a board sub-committee), had included just two independent directors during the 2011/12 financial year..
07-Apr-2017
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Developers launch Fortuna homes
Sharon Kemp
FORTUNA Villa Estate is the latest of Bendigo’s medium-density housing prospects, on the market as of tomorrow after two years in the planning and designed to appeal to homebuyers who want to live near a piece of gold-era history. The Bendigo consortium which bought the 2.8 hectares of..
07-Apr-2017
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Lack of oversight from hospital board
Sharon Kemp
THE board of Bendigo Health failed to have the appropriate oversight on executive remuneration when chief executive John Mulder was allegedly receiving tax benefits as part of his salary by renting a house from his wife. The board may have breached Government Sector Executive Remuneration Pa..
31-Mar-2017
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Bush's has the right stuff
Sharon Kemp
CHANGING with the times is critical to the longevity of local business Bush’s Produce, the longest running in Bendigo in the same building, according to store manager Frank Webb. “Albert Bush would have rolled in his grave if he knew people would pay $10 to give their dog a squir..
30-Mar-2017
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VCAT finds Elise Chapman guilty of misconduct
Sharon Kemp
FORMER City of Greater Bendigo councillor Elise Chapman was guilty of misconduct in giving voice to ugly and unjustified stereotyping of Muslims in Bendigo when she tweeted a picture depicting genital mutilation, according to a VCAT vice president. In a 22-page finding handed down yesterday,..
24-Mar-2017
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Police warning after drug deaths
Bendigo Weekly
BENDIGO Police are investigating three separate deaths in the past fortnight they suspect are heroin overdoses and not coincidental. Superintendent Darren Franks yesterday issued a warning to be careful about using illicit drugs given the user may not know what is mixed with the drug. ..
17-Mar-2017
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Alissa jumps into new role at Discovery
Bendigo Weekly
The Discovery Science and Technology Centre has a new science communicator. Alissa Van Soest has joined the team and her skills and abilities will help Discovery meet its key objective of inspiring scientific curiosity. The role also helps guide students onto a path towards science, tec..
16-Mar-2017
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Nine gears up for news service
Bendigo Weekly
FAMILIAR and fresh faces will combine in a new TV news service in Victoria. Nine Local News bulletins will hit the screens on March 14, as the national broadcaster steps back into local news following its alignment with Southern Cross Austereo. Well-known Bendigo journalist Sarah Lawren..
03-Mar-2017
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O Week a winner for new students
Bendigo Weekly
LA TROBE University had a packed week of events to see in the academic year and welcome its new students. Orientation Week was a chance for students to get to know the campus, their lecturers and each other ahead of hitting the books. Head of campus Rob Stephenson said with almost 60 pe..
23-Feb-2017
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Marong Cup riders saddle up
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Jockey Club will host its first major race day of 2017 this weekend when the annual Marong Cup takes over the track tomorrow. The popular event doubles as a fundraiser for local catholic primary schools and is billed as one of the best family days out in central Victoria. Th..
16-Feb-2017
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Awards in sight for young guns
Bendigo Weekly
SOME of Bendigo region’s most promising sporting talent will be recognised as part of the Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year inaugural scholarships program to be unveiled at this year’s awards night. Set for Friday, February 24 at the All Seasons Quality Resort, the awards ..
09-Feb-2017
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A sporting chance
Bendigo Weekly
The Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year awards continue to recognise the region’s many elite athletes, with a diverse field of contenders lining up for this year’s overall honour. NBA championship winning basketballer Matthew Dellavedova, world champion lawn bowler Aaron Wil..
02-Feb-2017
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Bright spark in industry
Joel Peterson
Apprentice electrician Alecia Allaway is doing her bit for International Women’s Day. She’s making her mark in the industry and is now employed by Laser Electrical Bendigo. With her family’s support, 18-year-old Miss Allaway spent a week handing out resumes to local ele..
10-Mar-2017
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Care for a pup
Sharon Kemp
SEEING eye dog Clayton returned to his puppyhood home of Vision Australia in Bendigo, and revelled in company of his first carer Carlia Rix for the first time since he completed formal training. In unusual circumstances, Clayton’s handler Kate Watkins also works for Vision Australia, m..
09-Mar-2017
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Aaron bowls a winner
Bendigo Weekly
LAWN bowler Aaron Wilson wants to represent Australia at next year’s Gold Coast Commonwealth Games as the next milestone in his already illustrious career. The 25-year-old was a popular winner of the 52nd Cloud Copy Click Bendigo Sports Star of the Year Award announced last Friday, fol..
06-Mar-2017
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Be bold for women on international day
Bendigo Weekly
THE ANZ Bank pays its full time female employees $500 extra in superannuation per year in an attempt to close the financial gap between men and women. Launching the announcement of this year’s International Women’s Day breakfast in Bendigo, ANZ business bank manager Kylie Ovenden..
02-Mar-2017
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Baby number eight couldn't wait
Sharon Kemp
NEWBORN Octavia Aggett was a surprise to her parents at the beginning as child number eight, and again as she was being born. Mum Stacey didn’t quite make it to Bendigo Hospital before the baby girl decided to join the world. Dad Daniel parked the family car at the entrance of the..
23-Feb-2017
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Forging a bond
Bendigo Weekly
CHRISTMAS dinner for members in Bendigo marked the last meeting of the last Victorian branch of the Welding Technology Institute of Australia. With some money left in the bank, the members voted to donate the more than $650 to prostate cancer research. The dinner marked the end of 43 ye..
16-Feb-2017
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Two days of sonic disturbance
Simon Wooldridge
Central Victorian experimental sounds collective undue noise celebrates its 15th birthday next weekend, with Sonic Disturbance – a special two-day event at the Old Fire Station in View Street, Bendigo. “It’s a great opportunity to get local experimental people together,&rdq..
15-Jun-2017
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Husky on the road
Joel Peterson
If someone you don’t know and have just met invites you to their basement, you’d have every reason to be the slightest bit hesitant. For Melbourne duo Husky, saying yes turned out to be the right decision, and one that kick started the process for their new album Punchbuzz. ..
08-Jun-2017
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Jack in back in Bendigo
Bendigo Weekly
Television and theatre star Jack Charles is coming to Bendigo later this month. Jack will speak at Bendigo library about his life experiences with Cate Mercer, editor and publisher of national health and wellbeing magazine The Art of Healing. Jack has been convicted 22 times for burgla..
08-Jun-2017
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Vipers in the Golden Vine
Simon Wooldridge
A Colonel Vipers Whipstick Band gig is unlike many other gigs you’ll go to this year, or perhaps in this lifetime. The Vipers have been entertaining and confounding gig-goers since 1994. They’re set to do that confounding-entertaining thing again at the Golden Vine on Satur..
08-Jun-2017
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Be afraid, be very afraid
Dianne Dempsey
The tradition of combining horror and art is a long, and eerily fruitful one. Witness the work of Goya, Hogarth or Dickens and in more contemporary times that of Poppy Z Bright and Mark Danielewski. Adding fuel to this genre is the actor and playwright Nick Ravenswood, who has written a ser..
01-Jun-2017
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Broadway and jazz mixed
Bendigo Weekly
Jazz meets Broadway represents a unique opportunity to see many of the greatest songs from Broadway and Hollywood musicals. The show will be performed in the Engine Room at The Capital Theatre in View St Bendigo. It will take place at 7.30pm on Saturday, June 17. The 90-minute conc..
01-Jun-2017
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Lady Braves look for mental edge
Joel Peterson
It was just one of “those” games. That’s the attitude of the Bendigo Lady Braves as they head into a tough double header this weekend, casting aside last weekend’s loss to Canberra as a blip in an otherwise impressive season. The Lady Braves and Braves spent their..
14-Jul-2017
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Tips from top talent
Bendigo Weekly
SOME of the region’s promising young cricketers received tips from top coaches this week as part of Cricket Victoria’s Diamonds in the Bush program. The sessions, run through the July school holidays, allow the players the opportunity to learn from some of the state’s best...
14-Jul-2017
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Legend lends a hand
Joel Peterson
AFL games record holder Brent Harvey says the rapid rise of women’s football is as big a change as he has seen in his time in the game. The North Melbourne champion was in Bendigo this week at a Toyota Good For Footy event held in conjunction with the Bendigo Thunder’s training s..
07-Jul-2017
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Making a run at history
Bendigo Weekly
SOME of Australia’s best greyhounds will be out to deny Aston Bolero a piece of history when the field jumps in tonight’s 425-metre group two Bendigo Cup. The Seona Thompson-trained Aston Bolero will line up in an attempt to be the first competitor in the race’s 60-year his..
07-Jul-2017
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BFNL trio earn rep honours
Joel Peterson
FOR the second straight season, Golden Square star Jack Geary has enhanced his reputation as one of the best footballers at community level in the state. Geary will captain Victoria Country in their clash with the Victorian Amateur Football Association on Saturday, playing alongside Sandhurs..
07-Jul-2017
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Thunder maintains winning form
Bendigo Weekly
THE Bendigo Thunder’s unbeaten run in the Northern Women’s Football League continued last weekend with a dominant display against VU Western Spurs. Billed as a top of the table clash played out on the Queen Elizabeth Oval, the Thunder stamped its authority on th..
29-Jun-2017
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School top at health
Bendigo Weekly
SPECIMEN Hill Primary School’s win in the Bendigo Health-backed Healthiest Schools award makes its motto, “our children’s future in the very best of hands”, all the more fitting. A range of health promotion activities and a focus on families, not just students, saw..
16-Mar-2017
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Growing on success
Bendigo Weekly
GROWING interest and two especially talented local gardeners are helping Long Gully’s community garden thrive. The garden has been tucked away in Energetic Street for 14 years, and run in conjunction with the Long Gully Neighbourhood Centre. Recent times have seen the project go f..
02-Mar-2017
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Riding for a good cause
Bendigo Weekly
LOCAL real estate agent Paul Dalton plans to ride his bike for 24 hours around the Tom Flood Sports Centre velodrome next weekend in support of the McGrath Foundation Mr Dalton will be raising money to fund McGrath breast care nurses in communities right across Australia and increase breast ..
24-Feb-2017
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A haven for success
Sharon Kemp
MICHELLE Marschall has a long-term plan to become a maternal health nurse, raise her three-year-old son in her own home, without help from support agencies. The 25-year-old didn’t always have a plan, not when she was couch surfing with a baby or living in her car for a two-week stretch..
16-Feb-2017
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Winning ways of Winefride
Dianne Dempsey
The first thing people want to ask centenarian Winefride Lucy King is what is the secret to her long life? Mrs King’s response is that she has always walked everywhere (having never driven a car) has never had a drink or smoked but as for swearing, well that’s another story. ..
09-Feb-2017
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Star movies are a way of life
Bendigo Weekly
In the trailer for the 1988 film Cinema Paradiso the voiceover states; “In this town, the movies are more than just entertainment. They’re a way of life.” Star Cinema business manager Martin Myles reckons the line for this Italian masterpiece could well have been written a..
02-Feb-2017
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Bold for change
Bendigo Weekly
Celebrations to mark International Women’s Day will continue today in Bendigo. On Wednesday, the actual day of recognition, it was at breakfast at Women’s Health Loddon Mallee in Mundy Street that women and men shared stories about the achievements of Bendigo women. Executive..
10-Mar-2017
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Shop fix from retail doctor
Sharon Kemp
RETAIL doctor Brian Walker won’t formulate a complete cure for Bendigo’s inner city retail ailments, but he has some prescriptions for traders. Create a retail environment that encapsulates the uniqueness of Bendigo, he advises, and do it as a team. Think about shopping precin..
02-Mar-2017
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The story of a family business
Bendigo Weekly
A NEW book charts the history of one of Bendigo’s oldest stores. Written by Mike Butcher, The Hume and Iser Story puts together the nuts and bolts of an important community tale that covers five generations. Chairman Chris Iser said the book has been researched and written to pre..
23-Feb-2017
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Backing for cycling series
Bendigo Weekly
CYCLING ace Brendan Schultz is the raging favourite to take out the Bendigo and District Cycling Club aggregate series next Thursday night. Schultz is in career best form in the lead up to next month’s Bendigo International Madison track event, and the popular TASR rider has been train..
23-Feb-2017
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Switch to the future
Bendigo Weekly
AS the first 10,000 Bendigo homes connect to the National Broadband Network, visitors to a display home in Strathfieldsaye can get a glimpse of the future already here. It is a digital set up that allows the home owner to control remotely by an app the cameras, power points, door locks and ligh..
16-Feb-2017
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Strong focus
Joel Peterson
LOCAL strength and conditioning coach Todd Jarratt will learn from some of the best when he heads to prestigious American university Stanford on an internship next year. Mr Jarratt has been working with Epsom-based The Human Mechanics for just over a year and recently landed a job with top Q..
09-Feb-2017
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Goods galore at the recycle store
Bendigo Weekly
SAVINGS in fees and care for the environment motivate people to use the Eaglehawk Recycle Shop’s recovery centre rather than the Eaglehawk landfill. The centre, which has been operating for 23 years at the entrance of the landfill, also provides jobs and a cheap location for second ha..
23-Feb-2017
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No comical event
Bendigo Weekly
The next Bendigo Record Comic and Toy Fair is coming up on March 12. The event will be at the Bendigo Expo Centre, at the Bendigo Showgrounds and promises to be a mix for fans of the comic world. Organiser Peter Pascoe said attendees attempted a world record at the last event for the..
16-Feb-2017
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Club lights up a new home
Bendigo Weekly
TECHNOLOGY is all around us, but have you ever wondered just how it works? Well, the Bendigo Amateur Radio and Electronics Club is giving you the chance to find out, and the club has a brand new location stocked full of technological marvels. From electronic dice to solar-powered creepy..
09-Feb-2017
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Words from a master
Bendigo Weekly
JAZZ vocalist Vince Jones visited Bendigo on Tuesday to share his experience in the music industry and his love of Van Morrison’s music with students from Bendigo South East Secondary College’s Academy of Creative Arts. Even though the students didn’t officially return un..
02-Feb-2017
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Top night for sport
Bendigo Weekly
The 2017 Cloud Copy Click Sports Star of the Year awards will be announced in just four weeks’ time, with preparations for the gala event continuing. Sports Star’s prestigious honour roll includes Olympic, world and Commonwealth champions, as well as stars such as reigning Sports..
26-Jan-2017
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Harness training on offer
Bendigo Weekly
IF you see yourself as working in the harness racing industry, your chances have been fast tracked. The Harness Racing Training Centre Bendigo will be offering students a range of industry training programs and qualifications this year. There is government funding available for eligible ..
19-Jan-2017
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Supportive sisterhood
Rosalea Ryan
Three women, one sadness: an apparently terminal prognosis delivered to an ovarian cancer patient whose mother died years earlier of the same disease. When 40-year-old Alice is first told of her condition she is paralysed by shock, unable to contemplate the effect her likely death will have ..
16-Mar-2017
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Three-way tussle
Rosalea Ryan
IN the midst of a tug-of-war for possession, a portrait goes missing, spirited away in the heat of a bitter custody battle between the subject’s husband and her painter-turned-lover in 1970s Frankfurt. The situation is complex: enchanting Irene Adler is the wife of powerful industriali..
02-Mar-2017
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Survival against the odds
Rosalea Ryan
Shanghai, in the early decades of the 20th century, is a city very much divided, if not strictly along geographic lines then socially at least – Chinese, British, French, with further divisions within each ethnic group. Jialing is barely seven years old when her mother leaves their sma..
23-Feb-2017
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Island intrigue
Rosalea Ryan
Inheriting property on a previously unfamiliar North Sea island has never been part of Englishwoman Emma’s grand life plan. When great-aunt Freda bequeaths her estate to Emma, the 30-something insurance clerk’s unremarkable day-to-day existence in Newcastle is unexpectedly disrup..
17-Feb-2017
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Living the boyhood dream
Rosalea Ryan
Some athletes have a fascinating story to tell but aren’t natural storytellers. Others can communicate beautifully but don’t necessarily have much out of the ordinary to share. And then there’s Cadel Evans: son, father, friend, idol and almost certainly Australia’s gr..
09-Feb-2017
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Betrayal in Venice
Rosalea Ryan
Once part of a fishing dynasty, Innocenzo now sails alone, one brother dead, drowned when strafed in an Allied air raid, the other dead to him as a result of having enticed Cenzo’s wife into an affair that ultimately cost the young woman her life. To their mother, however, Cenzo is the..
02-Feb-2017
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